It seems that negotiations between the Venezuelan government and some members of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) opposition coalition have been taking place over the past few days. After denying, for months, any contact with officials of the Nicolás Maduro administration, it was evidenced on Monday that they were really taking place.
It seems to us that this is the right thing to do. The talks should have been held before, but it is never too late. What we do not understand is why the people (from the Opposition) who have participated in these meetings never told anyone. We consider this to be a serious matter. When we say anyone we do not refer to common Venezuelans like us, but also the members of the so-called G9, or 9 opposition parties to which the leadership of the MUD was expanded (previously it was known as G4 until February of this year).
The Secretary General of Causa R (one of the opposition parties making up the G9), José Ignacio Guédez, proved that he was unaware of the meetings after clarifying on his Twitter account that his party had not been involved in any negotiations and neither endorse nor condemn the possible agreements "until they were consulted on the matter."
The same happened to Avanzada Progresista. The party led by Henri Falcón, also governor of Lara state, has always supported such negotiations. In spite of this, they were left out by the G4 – Primero Justicia, Acción Democrática, Voluntad Popular and Un Nuevo Tiempo. In this opportunity, no G9 party knew anything about the matter. In the past few days, G9 members complained on Twitter about the lack of information, but were hopeful that the meetings had positive results. On Thursday, they published a statement in the same direction. The consistency is positive.
We don’t know why the members of the G4 kept the talks with the Government in secret. It is true that for many Venezuelans any understanding with the Government means treason. Perhaps they believe that these negotiations may "cool down" the streets. We believe that the very right thing to do was being honest with the country.
On Thursday, Nicolás Maduro again raised the need for negotiation. He requested talks to be held before the National Constituent Assembly vote on Sunday. We don’t know if the word of the President can be taken seriously. We don’t know for sure what both political sides have put on the table so far, but we are convinced that the political conflict Venezuela is going through will be resolved at the negotiating table. The later the talks are held, the more death and destruction in Venezuela.
Let us hope that the leaders of both sectors understand the seriousness of the situation and prove they are true leaders, that they can deal with the situation and resolve it in the most civilized way.